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Police have named a mother and daughter who died in a Bank Holiday boating tragedy on Lake Windermere.

The City Diary: Bannatyne: A man for all parties

Is there no end to the Westminster grovelling of Duncan Bannatyne, irritating star of the irritating business talent show Dragons' Den? When Labour was in power, he would often schmooze the Government – saying George Osborne was "as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike".

Cooper Brown: Photographs

OK– there’s been movement on Pantsgate. A gorgeous Bentley turned up at Ben’s house and some underling picked up Duncan Bannatyne’s underpants, so all is finally sorted in that department.

Cooper Brown: He's back and this time he means business

i cannot tell you how good it is to be back in the Yookay after my extended stay back home in the States. Don't get me wrong, I love America with all my heart but there's something about coming back here and being a big fish in a small pond that is right up my street. I find it strangely reassuring that you still refuse to address certain basic issues like prole obesity, the age-old dental thing, basic personal hygiene but... i have to admit, I've missed you.

Business Diary: Betfair moves in mysterious ways

Has the online bookmaker Betfair shelled out for an expensive online-marketing strategy from some whacky agency? Its Twitter page is bizarre and appears to begenuine, judging by the expensive display advertising that accompanies its tweets. None of these is related to Betfair's trading activities and almost all are idiosyncratic to say the least. The latest Betfair tweet – "I look to the skies. Another eagle will be here soon" – is a prime example. What on earth is going on?

Leading article: If the toupée fits...

According to the comedian Steve Martin, "a celebrity is any well-known TV or movie star who looks like he spends more than two hours working on his hair". In that case Gordon Ramsay's celebrity status has been confirmed by reports that the profane chef has undergone a 12-hour hair transplant operation at a Los Angeles clinic.

Diary: Big shoes for Morgan...

To the Mandarin Oriental, where Piers Morgan was hosting his own farewell bash, before setting sail for America to take over CNN's interview show from Larry King. Duncan Bannatyne was in strident form as he regaled me, at some length, with his views on tax avoidance.

The Week In Radio: Dragon turns his fire on our modern malaise

After the past week, we could probably all answer GCSE questions on employment and support allowance, child benefit and defence budgets. But as the spending review sank in, it was Radio 2 that ventured the most interesting question of the week. Can Money Make You Happy? was a title that was never going to need a spoiler alert. Presented by the thoughtful dragon Duncan Bannatyne, it was a probing and rather inspiring documentary.

Business Diary: Caan safe in his non-dom Den

James Caan, for one, is pleased with the Chancellor's spending review. "Nobody likes to see spending cuts but the Government has to make savings, just as every businessman has to," the Dragon's Den tycoon says. Still, might the cuts have been lower, were it not for wealthy businessmen choosing to become non-doms, depriving the UK of tax revenues? What does co-Dragon Duncan Bannatyne think about Caan's non-dom status now, we wonder?

Dragons' Den crashes young entrepreneur's website

A gaming website set up by an entrepreneurial teenager crashed last night after it was featured on the popular reality TV show Dragons' Den.

Ordeal by school: memories of that terrifying first day

Imagine that you have scarcely stumbled across the concept of work – and then suddenly you are conscripted into an incomprehensible job in which most people are bigger and more clued-up than you.

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